Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Spend Fourth of July with Scooter Braun Amid Taylor Swift Drama
The men, who first started working together in 2007 when Braun discovered Bieber on YouTube, were spotted together on Thursday spending the Fourth of July at a local parade, along with Bieber’s wife Hailey Baldwin as well as Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis.
The holiday outing marked the first time Braun, 38, and Bieber, 25, were seen together since the singer came to his music manager’s side after Swift, 29, accused him of “manipulative bullying” upon learning that he purchased her former record label, Big Machine Label Group, and her master recordings.
Bieber “felt the need to defend” his “friend and mentor,” a source close to the star recently told PEOPLE.
“[Scooter] has been very understanding and encouraging of Justin taking a break from making a new album and instead focusing on his mental health,” the source said, referencing how the pop star took time off from music to focus on treating his mental health struggles including depression, anxiety and ADHD.
“Justin thinks Scooter has a big heart [and] thought Taylor’s bashing of Scooter was unfair,” the source shared.
Bieber “doesn’t plan to make any more public statements defending Scooter” but “he really just wants the whole thing to die down,” the source added. “It’s a small business, and he doesn’t want there to be hate.”
“All I could think about was the incessant, manipulative bullying I’ve received at his hands for years,” Swift wrote. “Like when Kim Kardashian orchestrated an illegally recorded snippet of a phone call to be leaked and then Scooter got his two clients together to bully me online about it.”
Swift shared a screenshot taken from Bieber’s Instagram account of an August 2016 post, in which he shared a FaceTime call between himself and Braun — who can be seen with West, whom Braun was not managing at the time of Bieber’s Instagram post. “Taylor swift what up,” Bieber captioned the post, which he later apologized for in his response.
However, Bieber also stated in his Instagram reaction: “I usually don’t rebuttal things like this but when you try and deface someone i loves character thats crossing a line.”